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WNT 2, Ireland 0: Post-Match Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. Republic of Ireland
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Dec. 1, 2012

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach JILL ELLIS
On the match:
“The first half was the best we played in both matches (against Ireland). We pushed the ball around really well and had some great combination plays. I actually thought we played better in the first half than in the entire first game and it can be when you play the same opponent twice in four days.”

On Alex Morgan:
“She’s just special, she can set people up, she finishes, she turns well. She’s just playing exceptionally well.”

On the match:
“When we tell them to play in a two-touch rhythm it just keeps the game quicker, keeps them a little quicker, and we have more combination play. The discipline here, especially when a team sits in on you like that, you’ve really got to be patient and change the point of attack and take your opportunities.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Forward ALEX MORGAN
On the tactics of facing Ireland twice in four days:
“I think it’s great that we were able play them last Wednesday because we saw their weaknesses and we saw the kind of runs that really disorganized their defense. With me and Abby playing up top and really anticipating each other, really being on the same page, I think that definitely helps disrupt their back line.”

On scoring 28 goals this year:
“I think it’s great that I’m close to 30. I never imagined having this many goals this year. It’s kind of dream year for me. We still have three games to go and this team has just done tremendous this year.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne’s three excellent saves on three Lloyd shots:
“Unbelievable, right? I was feeling good, that half-volley felt really good. It was just one of those days. I’ll save them for the big games, but overall it was a great game.”

On Ireland’s play in the second match against them:
“Ireland did really well and their goalkeeper played great. We’re stringing a lot of passes together, we’re combining, and we’re doing a lot of different things out there and having a lot of fun.”

On newly appointed head coach Tom Sermanni joining the team for the final three matches of the tour:
“It’s a fresh start for everybody. He’s watching films and taking notes on things he wants to tweak and things he likes. For me personally, I took a couple weeks off after the Olympics, but I’m in full gear. I’m looking forward to these three games and getting on the pitch with Tom.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Defender AMY LEPEILBET
On playing back in Arizona where she attended college at Arizona State:
“It’s so exciting to be back. I love playing here. Feels like I’m playing on my home turf again.”

On the growth of women’s soccer in Arizona:
“I think the level lifting everywhere is a good thing. Everyone jumping to the next level is pushing the sport, more athletes are developing, working at a higher rate, playing against better players and having better competition. I think it’s going to help our sport grow in America.”

U.S. Women’s National Team Forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On being the youngest player on the team and getting opportunities off the bench:
“I get excited all the time. It doesn’t matter if I’m coming in for three minutes or 30. Just to be on this team is a huge deal. You have to get excited for it.”

On playing in Arizona where she finished high school:
“It’s where soccer started for me for with the U.S. National Team so it just feels really good to come back.”